STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
New Normal: Live in a Tiny House and Don’t Ask Why
By Daily Bell Staff - May 23, 2016

Get cozy in Montana with this decked out 245 square-foot tiny home …  What this rustic and quaint tiny home lacks in square footage, it makes up for in décor and location.  Set in extremely rural land alongside Skalkaho Creek in Hamilton, Montana, this 245 square-foot home looks like something straight out of Pinterest.  -AOL Editors

The tiny house movement is similar to the tiny apartment movement. And there are companies that offer a selection of tiny houses.

What’s behind this movement? A polite but firm suggestion that you downsize your lifestyle.

The tiny house movement is surely a promoted one. The handful of tycoons that own the West’s major media want more and more people to live in chaotic, depressed conditions.

It makes them more manageable. The trick is to generate the “buy in.” Ideally people make themselves wretched if you market constrained circumstances as an upper-class phenomenon.

For instance, Brevard Tiny House Company looks to offer “alternative housing options” to people who “seek more economical and environmentally-friendly dwellings that are as fulfilling as a typical American home.”

They offer a variety of styles and sizes. Brevard seems like a competent company, and their customers are probably satisfied with what they select. But it’s the bigger picture we have questions about.

Meanwhile, in New  York, the tiny apartment movement is growing.

From Fox5:

… At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, developers are working on what could be the future of New York City rental apartments known as micro apartments. Under construction, the 55 units will be New York City’s first micro apartment complex. Each unit will be about 260 to 360 square feet.

New York City has suspended zoning codes to make the apartments possible.

Gregory Paul Johnson, president of the Small House Society, is quoted by Fox as saying that the micro-movement is expanding because such small buildings are affordable – and also for  environmental and philosophical reasons.

Absolutely. This movement is aimed at the social justice crowd. To begin with anyway.

That’s not to say it’s being greeted with universal enthusiasm. At Mercury News, Marni Jameson has posted her own perspective regarding tiny houses:

…  You know by now that I’m all for letting go and lightening up. But some folks have taken this to the extreme. Just look at the tiny house movement, which is not tiny.  All across America, people are pitching possessions, eliminating expenses and shoehorning themselves into living spaces the size of walk-in closets …

While I was on the road talking in various cities about my new book, “Downsizing the Family Home,” audiences everywhere kept asking what I thought about tiny houses. “I’ve been in the doghouse before, and don’t want to go back,” I said.

Jameson may not be a fan, but her article later informs us that the trend “is the subject of at least two TV shows — HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters, and FYI Network’s Tiny House Nation – and much press.”

Tiny house propaganda fits right in with buzzwords such as “downsizing.” Maybe those who want to live in tiny houses and apartments have a philosophical perspective. But absent the bad economic climate, we doubt many would be interested.

On the other hand, this meme slots right into all the rest of it: small cars that drive themselves; airline wait-times up to three hours or more; part time jobs without benefits.

Welcome to the era of lesser expectations. People work just as hard as before but the system itself is not recognizing that hard work. Sometimes, you can’t even find a job.

The finger of blame should point directly at modern, monopoly central banking. Central bank monetary debasement gradually ruins economies, destroys entrepreneurship and bankrupts generations of families.

And it does so on an ongoing basis while proposing evermore fantastic, globalist solutions. Again and again, power passes from the many to the few.

Tiny cars and tinier houses. Low-paying jobs that offer the minimum wage or less.

This is the unfortunate future for too many people. It’s the reason, as well, that Trump is likely the GOP nominee for president and Bernie Sanders is beating Hillary Clinton in Democratic primaries.

People are angry. After 50 years of economic destruction, the West is reeling. People are distrustful of old faces and failed solutions.

And the same elites that created the current economic mess have now begun to fracture national cultures by encouraging cross-border Islamic immigration.

Is the small house and small apartment movement simply an entrepreneurial response to difficult economic situations? Not likely.

Conclusion: People are being pushed to minimize their lifestyles. We’re not supposed question, only “cope” with the way things are. We agree with the coping part but it’s more important than ever to ask questions. And then take action.

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  • Praetor

    Yeah. If you look at a good portion of the ‘worlds’ people, they live in what is pictured above. The U.S. and its future most be ‘Equal’ to the rest of the world or there will be no progress. If a tiny house is sitting on 5/10 acres, could be some opportunity, but I doubt this article is leaning in that direction. The 25 to 35 year olds had better begin to view the U.S. through the eyes of the early 18th century pioneers. Be able to put wheels on those tiny dwellings, because you’re going to have to move them and you’re not going to park them on my land. The sign says ‘No Trespassing’, and I’m willing and able to enforce what the sign says. And I have few but very strong neighbors. Sorry! I saw the future and it did not look good. So, I got ready, why didn’t you. When someone calls themselves ‘PROGGRESSIVE’, you know their connected to the matrix. America do you deserve this!!!

  • Alan Drobnak

    Can you say “Agenda 21” boys and girls? Sure you can. Go ahead look and see for yourself.

    • Joseph Burke

      Amen

  • Heather James

    It doesn’t detract from the point of your article, but I am familiar with the Skalkaho area. A cabin there is most likely not intended for year-round use, as snow-plowing isn’t really done over much of that area. On the other hand, there are quite a few people making year-round homesteads on Western Montana mountainsides in places where getting in and out in winter requires a snowmobile and grid utilities are miles away. And many of us are living in far fewer indoor square feet than one might prefer. But, for most of us, the object is to end up with a good place to live and no debt.

    • People have legitimate philosophical and personal reasons for buying small houses and apartments. It is the totality of what’s going on that discourages us: The small cars, the increasing – and absurd – reductions in resources, The endless efforts to create self driving electric automobiles. Anything that reduces people’s lifestyle and control over their own resources …

  • No Thanks

    We have six bathrooms here. Loads of fruit trees on this rental property. The cost is much less than an apartment back in the US. There are better ways to cope for those willing to think outside of the box.

  • tetrahemicon

    What amuses me is that many people who want to try the small home lifestyle are prohibited from doing it in the places where it makes the most sense, urban areas.
    Minimum square footage ordinances have many in small homes parked on other peoples property without their own legal addresses and would face fines if the authorities found them. I suspect these are otherwise big government types that are realizing that freedom isn’t conducive with ever growing local government.
    As family homes have grown in size over the last forty years and every kid had their own room, TV, computer and other entertainment they became loners. I’ve thought of this trend as a sign that parents don’t like being in the same room with their own kids, but they’re reluctant to tell the kids; “Go outside and play” like my dad did when he had had enough of me. Now if you let your kid play alone in your own yard you can be charged with child neglect.
    It may be natural for a lone animal to want it’s own smaller space to feel safe.
    I used to think it cruel when people put their dogs in crates when they left them at home, but some experts say when dogs are left alone they’re less stressed in a crate.
    Maybe these small home people just want to be alone in their own crate.
    Thanks for what you do, DB.

  • People will accept anything with the right propaganda.

  • Prisons for the sheeple.

  • Bill v

    Do people really like the time and money spent on maintaining a McMansion? Really? Should I be happy about the FACT that my property taxes have risen 800% since my purchase? 800% is a fact. Will stuff really fulfill my life? Has stuff ever permanently solved that status anxiety in anyone’s life? Permanently?
    …. Be honest.
    A small home of 750-850 Sq. Ft. is more than enough for a unmarried guy, like me. A large home is looking for social credibility, and seems childish.

    • Good points. Happy for you. It is the constant marketing of “lower expectations” and scarcity that we are commenting on. Not individual preferences.

    • concerndcitizen

      Sounds like you should go into a McTinyHouse. Might be a good move and you’ll save a lot of time and money.

  • MetaCynic

    Apart from ideology, perhaps one reason that the Tiny House Movement has dropped roots in NYC is the rapidly growing unaffordability of housing in that town. The Fed’s ZIRP and QE’s have flooded the financial industry centered in NYC with almost free money. Of course lots more money in the hands of employees of the financial industry is being spent, thus driving up the price of even ordinary housing, not to speak of luxury condos. So those not employed in that lucrative industry are now being priced out of the housing market and must either move out of town or seek alternatives, hence the market for tiny houses.

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